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Music From Math - Digitizing the Works of Max V. Mathews

August 27, 2012
by Geoff Willard

What's the first name you think of when considering the development of electronic music? Edgard Varèse? John Cage? Karlheinz Stockhausen? Now how about computer music? Max Mathews should be at the top of your list. While at Bell Laboratories in 1957, Mathews wrote the program MUSIC, ushering in an era of digital synthesis and composition. MUSIC went through many iterations, but its lasting influence can be seen in contemporary programs such as Max/MSP, itself named after the late pioneer.

Pontificale secundum ritum Sacrosancte Romane Ecclesie
Lugduni : Per probum virum Hector Penet., 1542

Pontificale secundum ritum Sacrosancte Romane Ecclesie

August 9, 2012
by Ray Heigemeir

Pontificale secundum ritum Sacrosancte Romane Ecclesie : cum multis additionibus opportunis ex apostolica bibliotheca sumptis: et alias non impressis: quarum breuis index post epistola[m]. S. Domino Domino nostro pape dicata[m] statim sese offert. Aptissimis figuris gestus & motus personarum ex officiorum decoro exprimentibus excultum. Quottationibus etiam marginalibus auctoritatum sacre pagine in eo existentium: quo libro: quoto quoq[ue] capite habeantur signatum. Opus sane laudabile atq[ue] diuinum.

Artemisia title page

Domenico Cimarosa. Artemisia : Dramma Tragico. Venezia, [1801].

August 9, 2012
by Ray Heigemeir

Artemesia is the last of Cimarosa’s almost sixty operas, with libretto by Count Giovanni Battista Colloredo who wrote under the pen name of Cratisto Jamejo. Cimarosa completed only two of the acts; the third was completed by an unknown person. The opera premiered at La Fenice in Venice in January 1801, was performed in Florence in 1806, and was likely performed in England, Germany and Russia. Arias from the opera were published in the early nineteenth century and the overture in 1957. However the full opera has never been published.

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